The culture of short filmmaking is alive and well in Sydney thanks to Flickerfest – not only Australia’s most important short film festival, but the oldest open-air film festival in Sydney.
For 2013’s festival – running January 11-20 at Bondi Pavilion – Flickerfest acquires an extra distinction. The Flickerfest Best Australian Short Film Award is now officially Academy Accredited. This means that the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will watch the winning film each year and consider it for the Oscars. The award joins Flickerfest’s Best Film and Best Animation Awards in being Academy Accredited.
Fittingly for the event’s beachside venue, the theme in 2013 is Elvis Presley and Blue Hawaii. The official Flickerfest trailer (scroll down to the end), which always has a theme tied into a popular film, stars local actors Isabelle Cornish, Zoe Carides and Ryan Johnson, and pays tribute to this theme.